Talk:UK Quarterly Project
- 1 Main Candidates for next quarter
- 2 Ideas (in alphabetical order)
- 2.1 'A'-road corridor detail
- 2.2 Beer
- 2.3 Blue lights
- 2.4 Buildings
- 2.5 Detailed mapping of railway and bus stations
- 2.6 Disabled parking spaces
- 2.7 Drinking Water
- 2.8 Electric charging points
- 2.9 FixMe & notes
- 2.10 GLAMs
- 2.11 GP surgeries
- 2.12 Missing/wrong road names
- 2.13 Parkruns
- 2.14 Public art
- 2.15 Public toilets
- 2.16 PRoWs
- 2.17 Recycling, refill shops, waste disposal and repair shops
- 2.18 Shops
- 2.19 Steps
- 2.20 Universities
- 2.21 Vets
- 2.22 Wind farms
- 2.23 Zoos
Main Candidates for next quarter
Why? There are approx 800,000 rooftop solar PV installations in Britain, and together they provide around half of the country's solar capacity. If we can map them, at least their latitude and longitude, this information can be useful for tasks such as predicting how much solar energy we'll get on a particular day, or searching for new suitable rooftops for future installations.
Rooftop solar panels are often very visible - they should be fairly easy to map. And to a small extent, once mapped they serve as landmarks for within residential areas. Solar panels mapped as areas are already displayed in OpenInfraMap or the data can be used for other analyses of the UK's power network.
> ==> See the page Rooftop Solar PV for lots of details.
This idea has been combined with industrial-scale solar to make a larger project area.
Ideas (in alphabetical order)
'A'-road corridor detail
By an 'A'-road corridor I mean the highway, adjacent land to property boundaries, buildings and landuse immediately beyond those property boundaries. The types of detail to be mapped would vary according to whether the highway is in an urban or rural area. Generic details of the road would include: maxspeed, lanes, lit, surface, minheight, sidewalk (and in rural areas verge). In towns it would be nice to ensure the main roads have all buildings with their addresses added. In rural areas hedges, fences etc. bounding the roads, and landuse where ascertainable. Further detail can be provided by lanes & direction tagging for lane navigation in satnavs.
If 'A'-roads are too much, then the focus should be on trunk first.
A decent proportion of these roads is now covered by Mapillary or (2011/12 vintage) Bing Streetside. In particular it would be nice to get speed limits coverage on 'A'-roads closer to 90-95%, but in areas where these things are well-mapped there's still plenty of potential. Therefore the task is both suitable for remote mapping and for additional survey work.
If the project works, it can be repeated for 'B'-roads.
Rationale: By generically improving 'A'-roads we can substantially improve OSM's usability for routing by goods vehicles. Also having the address structure along these roads likely makes it easier to guess the nature of addresses on side roads.
Pubs, bars & other licensed premises. Also breweries
Police, fire and ambulance stations, and associated infrastructure.
Possible link up with Blue Light Camp
Find the largest areas marked as "building" on OSM and split them into individual properties if they are terraces, or other blocks of houses, e.g. https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/51.49809/-3.17932
Detailed mapping of railway and bus stations
There are excellent precedents for mapping public transport interchanges in a detail (e.g. OpenRailwayMap team in Germany & the Transilien In general the focus should be in adding information which helps with access. Adding access details may provide opportunities to engage with facility owners & promoting open data strategies for improving information about access for people with restricted mobility. Additionally these provide a special domain for mappers to learn about Simple 3D buildings & indoor tagging. 2016-December/019604
- I think this would be a great project, and could extend to various features, c.f. e.g. London public transport map challenge - station entrances (and have a look at wheelmap for station entrances as well). There's a lot that needs to be done! Also see  for some of my own detailed mapping of some London tube stations. This could also include part of the first suggestion, to count steps within public transport stations/interchanges. Bjohas (talk) 14:44, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
Disabled parking spaces
The current method, amenity=parking_space disabled=yes, is not entirely satisfactory, but this is current practise. Capacity tags can be used, but don't show where disabled spaces are located in larger facilities. There may be some open data on this for some cities, e.g. Nottingham Most spaces will be in town/city centres and public & customer car parks. 2016-December/019604
Public water fountains/taps, and also availability of (free) water from pubs, restaurants, etc. Maybe some tie-in / collaboration with Refill . (Possibly could be combined with public toilets for a quarterly project.)
Electric charging points
Is anyone doing this independently? This doesn't have to replicate existing work, we could convince a 3rd party to start using OSM as their primary store
This would pair well with the recycling suggestion below. (An eco-friendly quarter.)
Open Data available from the National Chargepoint Registry. An initial look shows this to not be very complete though: https://osm.mathmos.net/chargepoint/progress/ -- but it's probably still useful for getting our coverage up.
A useful thing for mappers would be a shorted "minimal tagging" guide for the UK market, which simplifies all the options in Tag:amenity=charging_station.
FixMe & notes
Is there an analysis tool showing number of notes per area? We could publish them regularly somewhere visible, like osmuk.org web site or the United Kingdom main page Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums
There is a gov data list of surgeries which could be cross-referenced
The Care and Quality Commission inspect and review every care-giving public entity in the UK e.g. Florence House Medical Practice, Manchester https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-550764239 which they currently have slightly to the west of its actual position Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Missing/wrong road names
A spur-of-the-moment comment whilst discussing Preston Park, Brighton led to a number of comments about Parkrun mapping https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-gb/2019-June/023008.html There are pros and cons to consider. But, it would be politic to get them off of Google Maps Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
location, artist, material. Link up with Wikidata
Gail Ramster has done sterling work on the Great British Toilet Map. (Possibly could be combined with drinking water for a quarterly project.)
Public Rights of Way
Recycling, refill shops, waste disposal and repair shops
This would require a lot of local knowledge. Many councils publish informal lists of their recycling and waste disposal points, but the availability of facilities for recycling particular materials often differs on the ground.
This would pair well with the electric charging points suggestion above. (An eco-friendly quarter.)
- I like this one as it is a chance to partner with local councils. Someone at my Brighton & Hove City Council has kindly added notes to show where recycling points are https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/RunaBHCC/notes I don't see these points mapped on their own website, only Recycling Centres aka 'the dump'. We could encourage other Councils to do the same. Jnicho02 (talk) 17:21, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
- RecycleNow appears to have locations including shops https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling Jnicho02 (talk) 17:21, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
even where mapped, these soon fall out-of-date.
- The work with Food Hygiene Rating Service data has helped with cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, off-licences, etc. Jnicho02 (talk) 08:01, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
In particular step counts.
SK53 said, "For many of us (parents, people with COPD (e.g., me, but I know other OSM contributors too) , older people, etc., etc.) steps are OK in small quantities, but beyond a certain number which will vary with the person (and what they are carrying). it may well be desirable to avoid them." 2016-December/019604
maybe not enough to do on their own. Combine with shops?
DEFRA release open data about the location of wind farms, power stations, solar farms, etc. https://data.gov.uk/dataset/the-uk-renewable-energy-planning-database but the geolocation is pretty ropey. I've seen examples of power plants 1km away from where they actually are + small onshore wind farms 'located' at the applicants home address. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_the_United_Kingdom states that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delabole_wind_farm was the first onshore wind farm in the UK in 1991. http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/50.4823/-4.8578 Wind farms are an 'interesting' feature, a farm consists of multiple turbines but the land between the turbines continues to be used for grazing, etc. so it is a relation of turbines rather than a polygon perimeter. http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/2918800 Jnicho02 (talk)
- Wind turbines are easy to plot from aerial photographs as the cast an obvious shadow. Jnicho02 (talk)
- The pywind project https://github.com/zathras777/pywind does some excellent work with the open data....maybe it should hook up with OSM? Jnicho02 (talk)